Kim Smith’s “Nova Noir,” live at the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, April 2 — with special guest star, Karen Kohler!

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography, 2014.

Kim Smith returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Wednesday, April 2nd with “Nova Noir.”

$10 advance online sale, or $15 at the door.
Doors open at 7pm, programme at 7:30.
Le Poisson Rouge — 158 Bleeker Street, NYC

Award-winning Australian cabaret performer, Kim Smith, charts a dark and whimsical path through a neo-Weimar pop-fantasia of genre-bending pop and peculiar period treasures with “Nova Noir.”  Mining his debut album, Nova, Smith gives his own electropop originals a decadent 1920′s treatment, while re-imagining works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Cher, Kurt Weill, the Supremes, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others.

Karen Kohler

Master of the European Songbook, Karen Kohler.

Nova Noir comes to life at the hands of accordionist/music director Benjamin Ickies  (House of Yes, This Ambitious Orchestra), and his rogue band of marauding musicians, and features a special guest performance by cabaret legend, KAREN KOHLER!

 

Listen to our studio recording of “Padam” below, and click through to purchase $10 advance online sale tickets!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City 

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir at the Manderley Bar, Jan 20!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013. Image by RAM Imagery.

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at The Manderley Bar (at the McKittrick Hotel) on January 20, at 10:30PM in a free concert, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir January 20, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Kim Smith’s Debut Album, NOVA, Out Now!

Early reviews are in for my debut pop album, Nova! Hailed as “percolating, synth driven, bouncy pop,” Nova is available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon, and is available to stream on Spotify. Don’t forget to download your free remixes of Jealous (a Kim Smith/Kylie Minogue mashup) and Never Ever via Soundcloud!

Kim Smith's debut pop album, Nova. Image by Mauricio A. Rodriguez, RAM IMAGERY. Design by Liam Curry. 2013

Kim Smith’s debut pop album, Nova. Image by Mauricio A. Rodriguez, RAM IMAGERY. Design by Liam Curry. 2013

Pulsating, throbbing electro-dance realness… “Radio” sounds like the long lost sibling of Madonna’s Holiday, and, as such, provides an effervescent introduction to the work of Mr Smith’s percolating, synth driven, bouncy pop.  The lyrics are full of dark thoughts and obsessive tendencies. While the listener is exploring the seedier side of disco, Mr. Smith brings the lyrics and music of the album into vivid focus, it’s musical collaborative alchemy at it’s finest — My Fizzy Pop

Pure art. — Taking Over The Universe

Staying true to his cabaret roots, he has easily injected a flair for the dramatic into every carefully placed lyric.  His delivery is classier than your standard recording artist and that sets him apart from so many other vocalists.  Between the production and his stylings, it’s easy to see how this pop album could create a genre all it’s own, one that I call “Cabaret-Synth”. — Pop Rinse Repeat

Boasting eleven electropop originals, Nova is produced by Måns Ek and written by a galaxy of international songwriters, including American lyricist Charlie Mason, Måns Ek, Dirty Dasmo, Crush Boys (Daniel Volpe and Thomas Lipp), Erik Gold, Dirk Homuth, Johan Emmoth, Erik Lidbom, Richard Hymas, Ricardo Autobahn, Anders Lystell, Linda Stenmark, Florian Buba and Neele Ternes.

Q Magazine Cover, Industry, and Opéra de Québec

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Kim Smith: Q Magazine Cover, July 2013. Image by June Toyooka

I’m currently gracing the cover of Australia’s Q Magazine, with an accompanying interview discussing the creation of my debut pop album, Nova! Read the interview here, and check out the new images by photographer Alan Mercer from our recent session in LA.

Tonight (Wednesday, July 17), I’ll be singing “Shooting Star” (from Nova) in the Sherry Vine Show at NYC’s Industry nightclub!  Come along for Sherry’s signature xxx rated parodies, and my own summery pop concoctions, and stay for the libations and the handsome bar staff.

Kim Smith Industry

Kim Smith in the Sherry vine Show, Weds, July 17 at Industry NYC!

July also sees me back in rehearsals for Thomas Adès’ “Powder Her Face” for a brief run of performances in Québec City over August 1, 3, and 5 for Opéra de Québec! I’ll be reappearing in Jay Scheib’s wonderful production in the Corp of Lovers, while my husband, tenor Will Ferguson, reprises his role as The Electrician.  If you’re into naked men and opera, this is the show for you!

Lastly, visit the links below to download two free remixes of my songs “Jealous,” and “Never Ever!”

Happy summer (or winter)!

Kim Smith Live at the Neue Galerie, NYC, June 11!

Kim Smith ©2013 RAM IMAGERY. Mauricio A. Rodriguez. All Right Reserved

Kim Smith ©2013 RAM IMAGERY. Mauricio A. Rodriguez. All Right Reserved

Kim will be giving a free, outdoor performance at the Neue Galerie as part of the Museum Mile Festival, Tuesday June 11, 6PM!

Supported by bandleader Benjamin Ickies on accordion, Matt James on drums, and Andy Madej on tuba, Kim will lead listeners through disfigured pop treasures (including his own pop singles, “Never Ever” and “Jealous”) and period peculiarities from artists such as Kurt Weill, The Supremes, Hans Eisler, and many glittering others.

The Neue Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street.

New Single “Never Ever” Out Now!

Kim Smith: Never Ever

Never Ever cover art by Mauricio A. Rodriguez, RAM IMAGERY; design by Liam Curry. © 2013 Ninthwave Records

Kim’s new single, Never Ever is now available worldwide on iTunes!

Written by Måns Ek (STIM), Crush Boys (Daniel Volpe and Thomas Lipp) (GEMA), and Charlie Mason (ASCAP), and with a fantastic lyric video by Michael Perks (produced by Daniel A. Donnelly), Never Ever has been praised as “stunning and addictive” by www.myfizzypop.com:

“Kim brings the song to life with his beguiling vocals, injecting the lyrics with a studied heart and passion that is hard to resist. He effortlessly recreates the sounds of classic 80s synth bands yet manages to remain distinct with his own tonal qualities. He is the anchor of the song, holding together all the elements and steering them to an exhilarating conclusion.”

Never Ever is the second single from Smith’s forthcoming debut pop album, Nova, and features remixes by Ricardo Autobahn, Chameleon Musique, and DJ J-Mi & Midi-D.  Download the single EP on iTunes!

Kim will performing Never Ever and all 10 other original electro-pop tracks from Nova, live at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Tuesday, May 28, NYC. Click HERE for more information.

Never Ever cover art by Mauricio A. Rodriguez, RAM IMAGERY; design by Liam Curry.

© 2013 Ninthwave Records

Kim Smith performs “Nova: An Electropop Fantasia,” at Joe’s Pub, May 28!

Kim Smith live at Joe's Pub NYC, May 28, 9:30PM

Kim Smith live at Joe’s Pub NYC, May 28, 9:30PM

Kim Smith will perform all eleven tracks from his upcoming debut pop album, Nova, at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, on Tuesday, May 28th, 9:30PM.  Featuring the singles “Jealous” and “Never Ever,” Nova’s sound has been likened to the Pet Shop Boys, George Michael and Robyn, and features an all-electronic band helmed by music director David Berger (with Stephanie Brown, Steve Dawson and Silya!).

$15 cover. Call (212) 967.7555 or visit www.joespub.com for reservations.

“Smith needs to be seen, and now” – The Village Voice

Nova will be released under Ninthwave Records, and features eleven pop originals, including the singles “Jealous,” and “Never Ever.”  Nova is produced by Måns Ek, and written by a galaxy of talent, including: Charlie Mason, Måns Ek, Dirty Dasmo, Crush Boys (Daniel Volpe and Thomas Lipp), Erik Gold, Dirk Homuth, Johan Emmoth, Erik Lidbom, Richard Hymas, John Matthews, Anders Lystell, Linda Stenmark, Florian Buba, and Neele Ternes.

“a genuinely stunning debut single. Entirely enticing, utterly intoxicating and ferociously fabulous.” -Fizzy Pop

“high-energy, sexy, and entertaining” -Taking Over The Universe

“Never Ever” is available now on iTunes!

“Jealous” is available now on iTunes. Watch the official Jealous music video (by the incredible RAM Imagery) below:

“The Tease” EP Launch @ Le Poisson Rouge, Dec 4!

The Gallery, Le Poisson Rouge, NYC (158 Bleeker Street)

Tuesday, December 4th, 7PM (doors open at 6PM), $12 Admission (click here for advance tickets).

Conceived and created with Benjamin Ickies (House of Yes, This Ambitious Orchestra), “The Tease” will be performed live in The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, alongside re-imagined works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Björk, the Supremes, Kylie Minogue, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others.  Featuring a full band accompaniment, Award-winning Australian performer Kim Smith charts a dark and whimsical path through a ruined, musical landscape of disfigured pop and peculiar period treasures with his debut cabaret EP recording (available in physical format post-show!).

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“Misfit” at the Brownville Concert Series, Oct. 12, 13, 14!

Kim Smith performing live at Slide, Sydney, July 2012.

I’m very excited to be performing Misfit for the Brownville Concert Series this October, and can’t wait to brandish “Padam,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and “Missed Me,” among myriad other tunes of whimsy and despair for a purely Nebraskan crowd! Steven Ray Watkins reappears at the piano, while I supply the toothy neo-Weimar menace. Please visit below link for tickets and further information.

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